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Kellie Lunney

Senior Correspondent Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.
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Fed groups blast latest attempt to extend pay freeze

January 18, 2013 Federal employee groups are urging House lawmakers to oppose the latest attempt to extend the pay freeze on civilian government workers through the end of the year. The House will vote next week on H.R. 273, which would prevent feds from receiving a 0.5 percent pay raise after the current...

GOP lawmakers seek to reduce their own compensation

January 17, 2013 As the House prepares to take up a bill next week extending the federal pay freeze through the rest of 2013, some GOP lawmakers are looking to reduce their own compensation to curtail spending. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., reintroduced legislation on Tuesday that would tie lawmakers’ salaries to the growth...

Bill would allow Uncle Sam to fire federal tax cheats

January 17, 2013 A House lawmaker has reintroduced legislation this week that would allow the government to fire federal employees who fail to pay their taxes. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has revived a bill he shepherded through the House during the 112th Congress. The legislation passed the House last summer in a bipartisan...

TRICARE's High Price Tag Comes Under Scrutiny

January 17, 2013 The military’s massive health insurance program offers millions of service members, retirees and their dependents quality care at relatively low cost. That’s what the government aimed for when it created the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services in 1966, now known as TRICARE. But the price of...

New bill would extend fed pay freeze through 2013

January 16, 2013 This story was updated with additional comment. A House GOP freshman has introduced legislation that would prevent federal employees from receiving an across-the-board pay raise this spring. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., along with 28 cosponsors, wants to extend the current pay freeze for civilian government employees through the end of...

House panel rejects proposal to end feds’ mass transit benefit

January 15, 2013 This story has been updated. A proposal to end the mass transit subsidy benefit for federal employees to help pay for disaster recovery is off the table. The House Rules Committee rejected the amendment related to the transit benefit offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., to the Sandy storm relief...

Obama says debt ceiling impasse threatens fed pay

January 14, 2013 President Obama on Monday said federal paychecks are at risk if the debt ceiling is not raised and the government defaults on its obligations. “We might not be able to pay our troops, or honor our contracts with small business owners,” Obama said during a press conference with reporters. “Food...

Sandy amendments target federal transit benefits, spending

January 14, 2013 A Republican lawmaker is offering two amendments to the Sandy storm relief bill that would directly affect federal employees. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., wants to impose across-the-board spending cuts of 1.63 percent for all federal agencies and to eliminate the mass transit subsidy benefit for government employees. The amendments are...

Poll: Feds expect to attend fewer events this year

January 11, 2013 Nearly 40 percent of government employees said they planned to attend fewer training events and industry trade shows in fiscal 2013 than they did last year, according to a new poll from a market research firm. Twenty-seven percent of respondents expected to attend about the same number of events as...

TSP mulls investment conversion option

January 10, 2013 The Thrift Savings Plan is weighing whether to let enrollees to convert their traditional investments to a Roth account, according to the board that oversees the retirement program. The fiscal cliff law signed earlier this month allows the TSP and other plans to give enrollees the option to switch accounts....

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